Dasan's Going to Harvard U!

$2,225 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 51 people in 22 months
Dasan Ahanu  DURHAM, NC

This year, I will be heading off to Boston, MA for 9 months. I was appointed as a 2015-2016 Nasir Jones Fellow at the Hip Hop Archive at Harvard University. The archive is at the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research. I will be under the leadership of Dr. Marcyliena Morgan and Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. and interacting with other fellows from all over the world. I am excited for this amazing opportunity to grow, learn, and share. 

I will be researching lyricism in Hip Hop. I will be participating in programming on campus and also taking part in professional development activities. I will be building with my fellow scholars and artists. I will be balancing my time on campus with reaching out to the Boston community and to communities across the Northeast. I can't wait to see what is possible.

So, I am moving to one of the more expensive places in the country. I am transitioning my life up north and there is so much that comes with it. As I am transitioning my past and present, I am also looking to my immediate future and considering what will make this all work well. So I am fundraising. 

I want to be totally prepared for whatever opportunities come. I want to be able to capture moments and document my experiences. I want to not only come away from this fellowship with the research foundation for my future work, but also a project that shows reflects my journey. 

Your support will help me accomplish everything that I need to do as I transition to my fellowship. It will help me with necessary equipment, infrastructure (personal and professional), and other resources that will ensure that I can make the most of this opportunity. I want to hit the ground being able to move on campus and off with the same aim I have always had, to operate with my art forms and my arts community in mind. 

I will be working with some media outlets to keep you up to date on what I am doing up there. I will be completing art projects as I am up there. I will be working on a culminating book about my journey. I will be watching, learning, and planning. I will be continuing my work with the Radical Voice & Artistic Expression arts & activism workshop. All with your support. 

I have just released my new spoken word CD entitled, "Last Temptation Before Sunrise: the prologue." At the end of the year I will follow it up with "Glory After Dawn: the epilogue." All inspired by this new journey. Donating will get you a copy of the current CD and put you on the list to get first access to the second CD.

Feel free to claim a reward or you can just support because you feel it in your heart. Any support is appreciated. 

Thank you so much!
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11 months ago
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This has been an unbelievable experience...
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11 months ago
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As the fellowship is winding down I am overcome with gratitude for the people who made this happen. Thank you so much. The first wave of thank yous, updates, and rewards will be going out this week. There will more over the next couple of months as I end an amazing year.
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11 months ago
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I am forever grateful to all my supporters. You will be receiving updates and more starting this week. Stay tuned!
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$2,225 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 51 people in 22 months
Created May 15, 2015
$250
Nikki McCray
18 months ago

Poet, you never cease to amaze me! I'm so proud of you. You continue to be not only an inspiration to me but to the community. Im psyched to know and have had the opportunity to partner up with you. God bless you on your journey.

$50
Michael Massenburg
18 months ago
CR
$50
Clevette Roberts
18 months ago
KO
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Karen Oviatt
18 months ago
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$50
Va Tonya Gardner
18 months ago

Much success to you.

$50
Julia King
19 months ago
$15
Kim Bolden
19 months ago

Wishing you well on your journey!

$100
Alice Micko
19 months ago

Go teach em something poet. So proud to know you sir!

KA
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Kaypri Actswrite
19 months ago

Go head wit yo self!!

JH
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Josh Haymond
19 months ago
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